About Digitability

What is Digitability?

Digitability teaches marketable, digital life skills to promote independence for students in a technology driven society and economy.

Digital literacy is an essential part of job-readiness, socialization and independence. Without these skills, this generation faces a critical barrier to independence. We are the bridge from a student's education to fulfilling jobs post-graduation.

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Our Story

Digitability was born out of advocacy and designed for teens and tweens, just like yours. The Digitability digital curriculum was created by Michele McKeone, M. Ed., a teacher from a Philadelphia public high school. Michele believed her students needed more options for life after high school and thus her digital skill building program took flight. While her students’ abilities varied greatly, verbal and non-verbal alike, everyone started with the basics and all created their own portfolio.

Using the curriculum and methodology of Digitability, she led her classroom to win third place in a regional technology competition. By teaching her students marketable, digital life skills she was able to increase her students transition outcomes and post-secondary opportunities including college and vocational participation.

Just as Michele saw a need for more services for her own students, we hear parents loud and clear when they ask for more to support their child’s transition to independence. With an increase in early intervention resources, we are seeing an increase in educational outcomes; however, there are still very few resources to support adolescents and many are left without a plan for their future transition. In fact, more than 50% of students with an ASD, leaving high school in the past 2 years had no participation in employment or post-secondary education.

"Not only am I convinced of Digitability’s groundbreaking applications of technology, but I am equally assured by Ms. McKeone’s firm grounding in the same educational principles that drive our curriculum at Bancroft, including those of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her product is a forward-thinking extension of her experiences in the classroom, teaching students with autism. And just as she is now leveraging the benefits of a scalable technology, Ms. McKeone is, at the same time, building a progressive curriculum for these same students. The data she has thus collected strongly indicates this unique pairing of teaching and technology will be both productive and powerful. It will not be long before that impact is on display in the classrooms at Bancroft."
Dennis Morgan
Executive Director for Educational Services, Bancroft

The Scientific Advisory Board

Digitability’s curriculum is based off of well researched and proven methodology. We have a team of experts behind all content, as detailed below.

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David Mandell, Sc. D.
Director of Center of Mental Health Policy and Services Research, UPenn School of Medicine


David is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Center of Mental Health Policy and Services Research, UPenn School of Medicine. For the past 15 years, he has conducted research on strategies to improve quality of care for individuals with autism in community settings.

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Catherine Chase, M. S.
LDTC, Psycho-Educational Diagnostician and Learning Consultant/ Reading Specialist


Catherine is a Psycho-Educational Diagnostician and Learning Consultant providing interventions in attention, learning and behavior with over 30 years of experience. Chase was the first educator to receive a Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

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Alton Strange

Transition Coordinator, School District of Philadelphia

"Digitability combines skill enhancement and real world applications that assist students with learning how to understand, interact, and develop the tools to find their voice in this world."

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Patrick Timony

Adaptive Technology Librarian, DC Public Library

"Digitability is impressive and very useful for students with and without disabilities learning to use technology in the classroom."

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Dennis Morgan

Executive Director for Educational Services, Bancroft

I also have a vested interest in ensuring that our students are fully equipped to live their lives fully and safely in this digital age. ... Digitability helps facilitate that inclusiveness for people of varied abilities, including those on the autism spectrum, in a way no other technology-based business does.

Jane Cordero, M. Ed.

Autistic Support Teacher, High School Transition Coordinator

Digitability reminds me to use the correct terminology when teaching skill development.

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Digitability was developed in a special education classroom, by a special education teacher. It was designed with you in mind!

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Digitability featured on CNET!

November 11, 2016

On October 30th, Digitability was featured in a piece on CNET written by the talented Marguerite Reardon (@maggie_reardon). Read an excerpt below! This is part of CNET’s “Tech Enabled” series about the role technology plays in helping the disability community. As a special education teacher at a public high school in Philadelphia, Michele McKeone prepared…

Autism Expressed Founder Gives TedX Talk at the Hewitt School in NYC!

February 8, 2016

Watch Michele McKeone, founder of Autism Expressed, talks empathy, gender stereotypes, and women in business. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOGjTPTHNVs&feature=share Share this page!

Nation Swell says, "This start-up’s work could reduce the unemployment rate amongst those with disabilities."

March 12, 2014

“This start-up’s work could reduce the unemployment rate amongst those with disabilities.”   READ MORE AT NATION SWELL Most of us could attach a file to an email in our sleep. But for a person with special needs, that seemingly simple action can be a Herculean task. That’s why special education teacher Michele McKeone created Autism…

Philadelphia Inquirer says, "Start-up opens digital door for students with autism."

February 21, 2014

By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer POSTED: February 17, 2014 “One of the hottest start-ups in the city sprang up in an unlikely place – a fourth-floor classroom at South Philadelphia High.” Read fully story in the Philadelphia Inquirer Share this page!

Hear what is being said about Autism Expressed!

December 6, 2013

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Autism Expressed Named One of the Coolest Startups in Philadelphia!

November 5, 2013

On Saturday night, Autism Expressed was named Startup of the Year at the Philadelphia Geek Awards.  The awards ceremony, hosted annually by Geekadelphia and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, honors geeks in the greater Philadelphia region. The types of geeks recognized range from local game developers to comic book artists, social media marketers to…

Autism Expressed Named Startup of the Year

August 19, 2013

On Saturday night, Autism Expressed was named Startup of the Year at the Philadelphia Geek Awards.  The awards ceremony, hosted annually by Geekadelphia and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, honors geeks in the greater Philadelphia region. The types of geeks recognized range from local game developers to comic book artists, social media marketers to…

Autism Community Supported Startup, Autism Expressed, Launches Product for Subscription by Parents and Organizations

July 29, 2013

Autism Community Supported Startup, Autism Expressed, Launches Product for Subscription by Parents and Organizations Philadelphia, PA July 29, 2013 On July 29th, 2013 Autism Expressed launched its online platform for wide use by parents and organizations.  Autism Expressed’s product delivers digital life skills to students with autism and other disability categories, becoming the first and…

MsNBC: Autism Expressed’s Founder, Michele McKeone declares vision to mobilize large and growing population of individuals with autism.

May 12, 2013

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Autism Expressed wins the Educational Services of America Award

May 10, 2013

University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and the Milken Family Foundation name Autism Expressed as a winner at the 2013 Education Business Plan Competition. Share this page!